Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was leaking quite a bit over the past months, to the point that we had one piece of news a day related to it. In mid April it was unveiled and in May it started reaching stores. Now over the last 24 hours we scored it for an unboxing and review. The product is priced at $450 (starting price) and we have the 4G version of it.
We’re dealing with a 10.4 inch tablet with a metal unibody design, that involves some plastic cutouts at the top and bottom of the metal body. In the box we found a charger (5V, 1.8A, 8W), a manual, warranty, metal key for the slots, stylus and USB-C cable. The stylus is an S-Pen, but not the type you’d find with the Galaxy Note, but rather the previous Tab S models. The slate comes with the added bonus of 4 months of free YouTube Premium.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite measures 7 mm in thickness and weighs 467 grams. It feels a bit heavy in the hand, but I got accustomed to it fast. The grip is OK, but the metal back may draw some prints. It comes in gray, pink or blue and the bezels are medium sized, I’d say. Not the huge ones of the iPad Minis, but also not as slim as the latest tablets. The S Pen bundled here has 4096 levels of pressure and it allows you to write, draw on screenshots, do some AR doodles, be part of the PENUP community and even do Live Messages, animated and lively written messages.
The screen seems to be the biggest compromise that Samsung has made here, a TFT 10.4 inch screen with a 2000 x 1200 pixel resolution and 16 million colors. Inside the tablet there’s an octa core processor, an Exynos 9611, which we also found on the Galaxy A51 phone. We also have 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a microSD card slot. That slot is on the same tray as the microSD, on the opposite side. We also have 4G LTE here, ANT+, an USB-C 2.0 port at the bottom, plus GPS, Glonass and Beidou, as well as audio jack.
We end the list with Bluetooth 5.0 and Samsung provided dual speakers here with AKG and Dolby tuning. There’s an 8 megapixel back camera here, plus a 5 MP front shooter. We mustn’t forget the battery, a 7040 mAh unit, which on paper promises up to 13 hours of video playback. The OS of choice is Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top. I’m shocked we have AR Doodle here and I totally fear it will suffer from lag, since it’s a pretty intensive feature, inaugurated by the Galaxy Note 10 last year.
So far, from my initial tests it works fine. However, the Exynos 9611 lagged when I played with a Galaxy A51 and I’m afraid it may be strained by the high res here. Anyway, the tablet looks OK for $450-ish and feels like a spiritual successor to the Tab S5e, which I totally dug, but I found it to be too slim. We’ll be back with a full review soon.